Outreach Students & Parents

General Information for Parents

SWE Outreach events are designed to inspire K-12 students to go into the field of engineering and help them establish goals for their future.  These events have been leaving a positive impression on students in the area for years.  Through SWE Outreach, K-12 Students have several opportunities to participate in worthwhile and fun events related to engineering.  Sign-up information can be found on each event’s website, which can all be located below.


Elementary School

4th Grade Days


Offered in winter quarter, 4th grade students participate in engineering labs and learn about the different types of engineering.  Each lab is run at the participating elementary schools.

Girl Scout Day


Girl Scout Day is a bi-annual event, every fall and spring, where the girls spend the day learning about engineering through fun hands on labs. The fall event is directed towards Brownie troops (2nd & 3rd graders) and the spring event is directed towards Junior level scouts (4th & 5th graders).



Students attending Cal Poly Club Showcase in the Spring have the opportunity to build their own robots and take them home.

Middle School

Building an Engineer Day


Cal Poly hosts middle school students as they participate in a series of engineering activities and labs from the various engineering clubs on campus.  It is offered in both fall and spring quarters.

VEX Robotics


Every January, Calpoly and San Luis Obispo High School Robotics team host the Annual California Central Coast VEX Robotics Competition. This annual event welcomes middle and high school VEX Robotics teams from areas along the California Central Coast.

High School

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All Ages

Softec Robotics Expo


Hosted by Softec, the Central Coast’s premier software and technology association, the Robotics Expo occurs annually every fall. It is free for all ages to attend, and features local high school, middle school, and elementary school robotics teams as well as local robotics companies.